Welcome to my Hawaiian adventures!
Since I’ve been back many times over, this page hosts general island tips, then links to a separate page for each island, which includes all my blog posts on condos, activities, other tips and more.
Time to get the pen out… you’ll want to take notes!
When and where to go?
Quite honestly, any time of year on any of the islands will show you a wonderful time!
If it’s your first time, I suggest Maui or Kauai.
Maui has everything, and Kauai is the most beautiful place on earth I swear!
Shorter stay? I suggest to stay put on one island and one destination.
Longer stay? I suggest to either stay in two different areas on one island or add a secondary island.
ie: Maui and a day trip to Lanai
ie: Stay in Kaanapali and Kihei
I personally don’t suggest a stay under 2 weeks. I’ve been here for six at a time.
North vs. South – a big difference!
Northern and rain-side regions of most islands can rain daily, although most days are just a light mist. They are much more lush than southern areas.
South sides of most islands are considered “Hawaii’s desert.” Still tropical, however are much dryer with little to no rainfall at all. Southern beaches tend to get very windy from 11am through to sunset.
Best time of year to go:
Hawaii has beautiful temps all year around. Thanks to the trade winds, it’s rarely too hot all year around.
Temps are a little lower during Nov, Dec, Jan that may require a sweater for evening beach walks. Most pools are unheated, so they are cooler this time of year as well.
Hurricane season runs June through to early fall. Although I’ve been there through a few threats and heavy storms, I’ve yet to be there during one that did actual damage. The most they did was close the beach and pool areas for a couple of days until a windy rain storm passes.
One of my fav visits was during October / November. It was still warm like summer and hurricane season was over and done with.
But honestly, any time is a good time! Just choose a more southern region if you wish to avoid rain.
Visit individual islands:
Maui is my #1 stop of all the Hawaiian islands.
Maui has jungle, country, modern AND plantation-styled towns, loads of entertainment, plus. It’s my #1 vote if this is your first time.
You’ll likely stay in a roomy condo with a full kitchen. (sooo much nicer than a smaller hotel)
I find the Kihei region the most affordable and it’s almost always sunny. It’s close (walking distance) to most amenities and easy driving to most sights while hosting gorgeous beaches nearby.
I have also stayed in other areas which you can click below to read about.
I’ve been to Maui many times over for short and long durations, and have accumulated lots of pretty posts filled with suggestions on what to see, where to eat, where to stay and more.
Kauai is the most beautiful place on earth I have ever seen.
Traffic can get very congested as there are less highways.
Must-sees: The Waimea Canyon, north shore stay or drive for a lush tropical experience.
Sadly, I lost my camera on the way home from Kauai. I’ll have to return to capture all I did one day again.
Lanai is a quaint plantation styled one-town island that circles around a beautiful park.
You can see Lanai as a day trip (via a ferry ride from Maui) or stay a night and take in the fabulous Garden of the Gods (pictured above) the beautiful renovated theatre and of course the famous 600+ cat sanctuary! (my sole reason for going)
This is a great stop to add to a Maui stay!
Includes how to get there, how to use the shuttle, what to see, where to stay.
In Oahu, I have only stayed in the Waikiki region, which is extremely busy with most accommodations smaller hotel stays.
To date, I have no Oahu posts to share. Hopefully one day soon!
I will be visiting Molokai for a week during the summer of 2019. Stay tuned!
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